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50 things you need to know about commodities

I am currently writing a book about commodity markets. Here is my list of 25 things I think consumers, business people and investors need to know about commodities. Please vote and add your suggestions for 25 other important things. Register for email updates at www.materials-risk.com to get 50% off the book once its published.

1

What is a commodity?

What is a commodity?

The intrinsic properties of a commodity introducing agricultural, industrial and energy commodities.

2

What determines the price of a commodity?

What determines the price of a commodity?

Supply, demand and costs in an opaque market

3

The commodity super-cycle

The commodity super-cycle

Commodity prices don't just go up.

4

The resource curse

The resource curse

Too much of one thing can be bad for economies.

5

What is the impact of volatile commodity prices?

What is the impact of volatile commodity prices?
6

How can you protect yourself from volatile commodity prices?

How can you protect yourself from volatile commodity prices?

Hedging, substitution and adding value

7

The weather and commodity prices

The weather and commodity prices
8

Climate change and commodities

Climate change and commodities
9

Resource nationalism

Resource nationalism
10

The future of mining: planets, seabeds and landfills

The future of mining: planets, seabeds and landfills
11

Malthus

Malthus

Why he was wrong and why he might still be proved right

12

Recycling and the circular economy

Recycling and the circular economy

Is there a better way?

13

The financiailisation of commodities

The financiailisation of commodities

Commodity markets and your portfoliio

14

Cartels and commodity markets

Cartels and commodity markets

Why are commodity markets prone to cartels and oligopolistic behaviour

15

Commodity prices, innovation and investment

Commodity prices, innovation and investment

Shale gas and the incentive that high prices brings

16

Food vs fuel

Food vs fuel

Biofuel demand and food prices

17

How are commodities moved?

How are commodities moved?

Pipelines, ships

18

Emerging markets and commodities

Emerging markets and commodities

Urbanisation, population growth and changes in diets

19

Commodities of the future

Commodities of the future
20

Commodity prices, interest rates and the dollar

Commodity prices, interest rates and the dollar
21

The allure of gold

The allure of gold
22

Commodity production and the its impact on the environment

Commodity production and the its impact on the environment
23

What is the impact of high commodity prices?

What is the impact of high commodity prices?
24

Commodity substitution

Commodity substitution
25

Are we facing a resource crunch?

Are we facing a resource crunch?

Or why the stone age didn't end because we ran out of stone.